Let’s Dismantle the Patriarchy (An Online Course for Men)

7th Jan – 18th Feb

Thursdays | 19:30 – 21:30

Plus 10 am – 12 pm on Sunday 14th March for review session.


We all know the toxic effects of the patriarchy on women, but what about the pressure it puts on men?

Barack Obama saysLife became a lot easier when I simply started being myself.’

This is a class about freeing men from the expectations and limiting beliefs that the patriarchy puts them under.

In this 8-week course, we’ll use improv exercises, reflection & discussion to help explore some of the practical ways we can begin to dismantle & challenge some of the invisible social pressures of the patriarchy.

We’ll explore:

    • Active listening 
    • Understanding privilege & intersectionality 
    • Being an ally: speaking up for & supporting members of oppressed groups
    • Expressing boundaries and respecting when others express boundaries
    • Reframing masculinity & vulnerability 
    • Exploring fears around emasculation 
    • Giving and receiving compliment

‘It’s easy to absorb all kinds of messages from society about masculinity and come to believe that there’s a right way and a wrong way to be a man. But as I got older, I realised that my ideas about being a tough guy or cool guy just weren’t me. Life became a lot easier when I simply started being myself.’ Barack Obama

‘We need men to speak out. We need to raise the bar a little higher.’ Jackson Katz

Feedback from attendees of the taster sessions: 


‘I absolutely loved the vibe! I was impressed by how easy it felt to immerse myself in such an important and potentially divisive topic and was surprised by how readily I was able to challenge myself.’

‘I loved the way it was facilitated and for the chance to talk with other male-identifying humans about this incredibly rich and important subject.’

‘A valuable exploration of techniques to include, empathise and engage more deeply with other people whilst still asserting yourself when engaging with others.’

‘A wonderful class about the intersection of improv and social justice and specifically how the patriarchy diminishes all of us.’

Find out more about the idea behind the class in this blog. 

Places are capped at 12. No improv experience is needed but please note that we will be using improvised role play scenarios as part of the learning. 

Each class will be followed by optional social chat.  

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Imogen Palmer is the Theatre School Manager of The Bristol Improv Theatre and the Artistic Director of The Delight Collective. Shows include IMOGENÉ:the improvised pop concert (★★★★★ ‘IMOGENÉ is the loud, proud and unapologetic performer we all need right now’ – DIVA Magazine), The Bish Bosh Bash  (★★★★★ – Bristol 247) and International Women’s Day special ‘If These Walls Could Talk’.

She began teaching improvisation whilst training full-time at the award-winning Howard Fine Acting Studio in Melbourne and training and performing with Impro Melbourne. She regularly tops up her training with improvisation and clown masters including Patti Stiles (Loose Moose Theatre), Deanna Fleysher (Butt Kapinski), Jill Bernard (HUGE Theatre), the Showstoppers and Jason Shotts (IO Chicago). Since lockdown she has been developing her online teaching skills with regular classes for both adults and children and performing online via The Bristol Improv Theatre’s Twitch TV Live Stream.

Prior to her performing career, Imogen took classes in Gender Studies at the University of Bristol and took part in leadership, liberation & empowerment training whilst working in Student Unions. She brings her love of positive social change into all her creative work.

You can find out more about The Delight Collective’s shows and classes on their website www.thedelightcollective.co.uk.